PERC is proud to be the organizing body for the Pennsylvania
Food Recovery Challenge. Working together, PERC schools can challenge each other to cut down on food waste and see benefits that range from reducing hunger to reducing campus GHG emissions.
"An inspiring program," "another excellent conference," and "content was great" are a few of the comments we received after "Changing Times," PERC's fall conference, that was held October 24th at the Penn State University Park campus. We are in a time of change on campuses, in our country and around the world. Conference topics ranged from progress on renewable energy, a new program to put a price on carbon on campus, progress on the food challenge and much more. Plus the keynote address was given by Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State, IPCCC author and host of the PBS series "Earth, the Operator's Manual." Check out the conference recap page to see the keynote video and/or download some of the many presentations.
PERC Sponsors side event in COP 22
PERC, in cooperation with the Widener University Commonwealth Law School, sponsored a side event at the UNFCCC COP 22, in Marraketch, Morroco. The event focus was "The Enourmous Damage Caused to the World by the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign Which Began in the United States and Spread to other Countries." The program was initiated and led by PERC founder Donald Brown, now a scholar in residence at the Commonwealth Law School. More about the event, including the slides used during the presentation is available here.
Climate Change Committee Forms
Based on interest expressed at the "Building Bridges" conference a PERC Committee on Climate Change held its first meeting on November 2nd. The committee will likely focus on ways that institutions can mitigate climate and boost resiliency both on their campuses and in Pennsylvania's communities. A summary of the first meeting is available on the Climate Change committee's page. Everyone from PERC Member schools is encouraged to join. Contact Don Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in this important work.
PERC receives national award from EPA as Endorser of the Year
Pictures from the event are on the student-run PERColator page on Facebook.
Lycoming becomes latest Challenge participant
Lycoming College has joined PERC's PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge. Lycoming students learned about the Food Recovery Network at PERC's fall conference last year, formed a student chapter of FRN and officially joined the PHE-FRC this semester. Welcome! If your campus is doing (or considering doing) Food Recovery work (composting, food donation, source reduction), join the PHE-FRC to share your results and to learn from other campuses and a network of experts.
PERC's student-run Facebook group exists to connect students from Pennsylvania's colleges and universities who are interested in working on sustainability. Search for "PERColator" on Facebook and join the group.
Founded in 2000, PERC serves to connect people working on sustainability projects in Pennsylvania's colleges and universities; allowing them to share knowledge and take action towards a sustainable future. We believe institutions of higher education are in a unique position to play a leadership role in bringing about that future. With over seventy member and affiliated institutions, PERC has a long list of organizational accomplishments, including the initial development of wind power in Pennsylvania. PERC is widely recognized as one of the leading regional sustainability in higher education organizations in the country. For a look at a portion of this year's planned events and activities, see the PERC events section of the site. For more on PERC, see the about us pages.
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Jim Gurley, District Manager with Sustaining Sponsor Sodexo, talks about the PA Higher Education Food Recovery Challenge during PERC's "Changing Times" fall conference.
Julia Knight, HACC's Director of Sustainability, presenting at PERC's Making Progress Conference at Susquehanna University.
Paul Morgan, West Chester University, talks about community engagement at the Leveraging Strengths Conference at Franklin & Marshall College.
Second Nature founder Tony Cortese giving the keynote address at PERC annual meeting at Penn State University.
Conference attendees taking part in the Sustainability Cafe.